WCU's online Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHR) is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals who are looking for advancement in the human resources field or who hope to make a career transition into HR. The 36-hour program can be completed in two years while working.
The mission of Western Carolina University’s MSHR program is to prepare strategic HR leaders for the profession. We do this by developing our courses based on the knowledge areas and competencies identified by the Academy for Human Resource Development, the Human Resource Certification Institute, the Association for Talent Development, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and Bersin by Deloitte Talent Management, and through innovative teaching which emphasizes using evidence-based practices, approaching HR from a global perspective, and applying the theoretical knowledge acquired in courses through consulting for organizations. We strive:
Program application deadlines are April 1 and November 1 and admission to the program involves a few simple steps.
To be admitted to WCU’s online master’s degree program in human resources (HR), you must have:
Prospective students with strong grade point averages and references may be allowed to enter the program with "conditional status" and take up to two courses before GRE scores are submitted.
Only applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25/4.0 or higher will be considered for conditional admission, which allows them to take classes for one semester while preparing for and taking the GRE. All others need to submit GRE scores in order to have their application considered. Applicants who already have earned a graduate degree do not have to submit GRE scores.
If you took the old GRE, the MSHR program seeks applicants with a combined verbal and quantitative score of 900 and an analytical writing score of 3.5. If you took the new revised GRE the MSHR program seeks applicants with at least a score of 150 on the Verbal Reasoning, a score of 141 on the Quantitative Reasoning and an analytical writing score of 3.5.
The curriculum consists of 7 required courses that all students take and 5 elective courses.
HR 602, HR 605, & HR 610 are taken at the beginning of the program; HR 670 and HR
671 have prerequisites of 18 credit hours and HR 670 must be taken before HR 671;
Students with more than 5 years of full-time human resources-related work experience
may substitute another WCU HR course for HR 671. HR 698 is usually taken during a
student's last semester in the program.
All courses have been designed to align with the MSHR program competency model; therefore, our courses develop competencies within the program’s four Leadership Competency domains: 1) Relational HR Leadership; 2) Strategic HR Leadership; 3) Operational HR Leadership; and 4) Ethical & Socially Responsible HR Leadership.
Course scheduling is subject to change. For a list of courses available each semester, view our Course Availability page.
Tuition and fees vary year to year and program to program.
The Masters of Science in Human Resources is an online program. You can explore detailed information about tuition for online and distance programs HERE
Dr. John Sherlock - Professor and Program Director
Dr. Marie-Line Germain - Associate Professor, Human Expertise; Dysfunctional Leadership Behaviors, and Occupational Suicide
Dr. Siham Lekchiri - Assistant Professor, Human Resource Development and Industrial Training
Dr. Sue Wingfield - Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior and I/O Psychology